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A child is in a critical condition in hospital after spending seven hours trapped inside a parked bus in hot weather. 

‘It’s believed she has been on the bus since 9.30am, she was found around 3.15pm,’ Nine News Queensland reporter Tim Arvier told 4BC on Wednesday afternoon.

The child is understood to have been found locked in the bus at the Le Smileys Early Learning Centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton.

Paramedics were called to an incident at the centre at about 2.50pm.

The girl was found a bus parked at Le Smileys Early Learning Centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton

The girl was found a bus parked at Le Smileys Early Learning Centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton

The girl was found a bus parked at Le Smileys Early Learning Centre on Lucas Street in Gracemere, just outside Rockhampton

The girl was found in a semi-conscious state but it's understood she has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital (pictured) in a 'gravely ill' state

The girl was found in a semi-conscious state but it's understood she has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital (pictured) in a 'gravely ill' state

The girl was found in a semi-conscious state but it’s understood she has been taken to Rockhampton Hospital (pictured) in a ‘gravely ill’ state

The girl was found in a semi-conscious state but it’s understood she was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital in a ‘gravely ill’ state.

Temperatures in Rockhampton reached a maximum of 29C on Wednesday. 

Police are also in attendance monitoring access to and from the childcare facility.

The incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo, known to his family as ‘Meeky’, who was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in the Cairns suburb of Edmonton on February 18, 2020. 

The Rockhampton incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo (pictured), known to his family as 'Meeky', who was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in the Cairns suburb of Edmonton on February 18, 2020

The Rockhampton incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo (pictured), known to his family as 'Meeky', who was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in the Cairns suburb of Edmonton on February 18, 2020

The Rockhampton incident echoes the tragic case of Maliq Nicholas Lloyd Namok-Malamoo (pictured), known to his family as ‘Meeky’, who was found dead on the Goodstart Early Learning Centre minibus in the Cairns suburb of Edmonton on February 18, 2020

Michael Lewis was jailed for six years for manslaughter after the three-year-old boy was left on the minibus in temperatures that reportedly reached 56 degrees Celsius. 

During the trial the court heard there had been confusion about the pick-up of Meeky on the morning of his death, and that Lewis failed to take Meeky off the bus or sign him in after arriving at the centre. 

More to come 

Source: DailyMail

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